This blog shares our reflections on how digitization is changing the world, with specific attention to cultural processes and contexts.

Interrogating the ‘Global’

This post was written by Lars Klute, Research Master’s student, University of Amsterdam Interrogating the ‘Global’ What exactly does the ‘Global’ in Global Digital Cultures mean? Staking out this field, the website of the University of Amsterdam’s research priority area Global Digital Cultures (GDC) uses phrases such as “concerns the global variety of daily cultural…

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What is Authentic?

This post was written by Gaurika Chaturvedi, Research Master’s student, New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam What is authentic? This is a question that creators, audiences, advertisers, and researchers all ask themselves. Although that last group is preoccupied with how others perceive authenticity, they also have their own ideas. Due to a bit…

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Affective Publics and Defective Politics

This post was written by Dylan O’Sullivan, a Research Masters student in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. I. #CancelSpotify In the words of Bloomberg columnist Lionel Laurent, Spotify is having a “Facebook moment” (Ghosh, 2022). On the 1st of January, a group of scientific and medical professionals published “An Open…

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Expectations of the Transparency Agenda in Brazil

This post was written by Sandy Rafaela Krambeck, a Master’s student in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Brazil established its Access to Information Law (LAI) in 2012, which opened up possibilities to develop databases that can be subjected to new experiences with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Operação Serenata de Amor (OSA)…

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Quality Over Quantity: COVID-19 community data

This post was written by Anniek de Koning, research master student in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam ‘To measure is to know’ is the mantra that underlies the increase in the collection of data that can be tracked, monitored, or analyzed. Datafication played a big role in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Podcasts as Public Media: Challenges in the Age of Platforms

This post was written by Emma Breuer, Research Master student in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam To provide the general public with up-to-date and scientifically-backed answers to pressing questions about COVID-19, local German public radio broadcaster NDR launched the daily podcast ‘Das Coronavirus-Update’ with virologist Christian Drosten in February 2020. With 15 millions…

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